An education session in 2 parts presented by Kate Chandler. You are encouraged to attend both sessions, but are welcome to sign up for only one. Both sessions will be held at University of Victoria MacPherson, Library Room 210. Kate is a graduate of the University of British Columbia’s Dual Masters of Library, Archival and Information Studies program. She has published an article on the topic of visualizing records, receiving several awards for her work. Currently, she works as an archivist for the Government of British Columbia. We would like to make this session accessible and enjoyable for everyone. Please let the organizer (Dave Young) know if you need accommodations. The room is accessible via wheelchair.
PART 1 – Figuring out what to visualize: a structured brainstorming session – Tuesday, February 20th 2018, 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM As the human brain is adept at recognizing visual patterns, rendering a set of records into a visual form will speed the analysis of disorderly files. This session presents a series of brainstorming exercises designed to help participants formulate a strategy for effectively
PART 2 – Making effective visualizations in Excel – Tuesday, March 6th 2018, 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM Records managers are often able to obtain a dataset that describes each item in their record aggregate. These datasets can be unwieldy and having strategies to understand them is useful. This session will cover the process of making quick visualizations, spotting trends and unusual patterns, zooming in on details, and setting up comparisons with other kinds of data. This session also includes tips for making clear visualizations. This is a hands on session. If you have one, please bring a laptop with Excel installed – we will be making some charts!